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in brussels. we asked her if the eu is prepared to back the call for war crimes. >> the problem there is the u.n. security council would have to refer the case to the courts and the eu has failed in its attempts to get russia, a permanent member of the u.n. security council, to put pressure on their ally, syria. they say they welcome any attempts from any side to end the conflict and end the violence happening. they have always said that they were concerned about crimes committed against humanity and they have always stressed that they will do everything that they can to support moves to end the conflict in syria. >> we will have more in a moment, but staying in brussels , they have agreed to renew an arms embargo against syria. britain wanted to allow the nation's two armed forces, but many say neither side should be armed with weapons from europe. sanctions are also amended to provide greater humanitarian and technical assistance and protection of civilians. let us turn now to nina to ask for more about the foreign minister's reasoning for renewing the arms embargo on syria. >> most eu count
shuts down the east coast of the united states. eu leaders agree to cut the european budget for the first time. and at the berlin film festival, a screening for promised land starring matt damon. emergency services are on alert along the east coast of the united states. a massive blissrd has knocked out power to more than half a million households and led to the shutdown of at least one nuclear plant. massachusetts officials have urged people to avoid unnecessary travel. the governor has issued a driving ban to keep roads free for rescue and clearing vehicles. meteorologists gave plenty of warning but the storm has dumped so much snow people are still struggling to cope. >> new york's la guarda was only one of many airports that were badly hit with thousands of flights canceled. day-to-day life has all but ground to a halt on the east coast. >> i'm going to declare a state of emergency east coastive this afternoon. which gives the state more flexibility and local governments more flexibility in dealing with this situation. >> in some places, snow has been falling at a rate o
the finger at another food-processing plant -- the go- ahead for the eu-wide dna testing. >> our inquiry shows they knew the meat labeled as beef could be horse meat -- at least they had a strong suspicion. >> horse meat in itself is as -- is not dangerous, and europe has clear rules on the food chain. of birth, the owner decides if an animal will end up on the dinner plate. it is all documented, including any medication administered. the revelation that horses were in millions of ready-to-eat meals has not just prompted moral objections. it has also raised fears of contamination through drugs. the scandal has also put the spotlight on the complex supply chains that bring food to europe's dinner tables. the scandal suggests they are hard to police and easy to manipulate. national authorities in the european union need to act fast to reassure consumers about what is in the food they eat. that is the call from a growing number of politicians, from britain to germany. >> this is not just about speed. we have to get quicker, but we also have to get better. that is why we need a rapid respons
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